How do you ask God for a Sign?

We all want answers. We all want to be sure. We all want to know. So we ask, we think – we test the waters. Often before we make a major move in our lives, we ask God for a sign.

“Ask the LORD your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.” – Isaiah 7:11

Is it right to ask God for a sign? To test Him?

Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the LORD your God.’” – Luke 4:12 (NLT)

The background of Jesus telling this is when Satan was tempting Him to jump and to have God’s angels carry Him so that He will not hurt Himself when He falls. It is a selfish and pointless testing that Satan was asking Jesus to do.

But Ahaz said, “I will not ask; I will not put the LORD to the test.” – Isaiah 7:12

The background of this verse is that Isaiah was telling king Ahaz to ask God for a sign in order to prove the prophecy that Judah will not fall to the hands of Israel and Aram – both of which was already on the move to invade Judah. But Ahaz said that he will not put God to the test. But God knew the heart of Ahaz because Ahaz had already sought help from the king of Assyria and so he thought that he did not need God’s help anymore.

“Then Isaiah said, “Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of men? Will you try the patience of my God also?” - Isaiah 7:13

See, God wants to help us. God wants to bless us. God wants to give us answers – if it will glorify Him and will accomplish His purposes. Ahaz did not want God’s help due to pride so that he can say that, in the end, it wasn’t God who helped him out but his own cunning. He put his faith in the king of Assyria. Little did he know that soon after, Assyria would soon also turn his eyes on Judah (king Ahaz’s kingdom).

God wants His people to depend on Him for deliverance. In our lives today, asking God for a sign connotes that we want His answer before we move. But God also knows our motives. If we’re asking Him for a sign for ourselves – a selfish and pointless desire to know then chances are, you won’t get any.

On the other hand, if you really want to seek God’s Kingdom and you really have a heart for God, He says in His Word,

“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” – Matthew 21:22

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” - Luke 11:9

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” - Matthew 6:33

Search your heart. What is it that you really want?

Go ahead and ask God for a sign.

Comments

    • Sean says

      Hi Geoff,
      Good insight :) It all boils down to faith and who God is – He is the same yesterday, today and forever. So if He used to give out signs before – why not now?

      • Geoff says

        Well, quite a lot has been written about that from a theological perspective. From the atheist perspective the answer is somewhat shorter :)
        Do you think my approach is a fair one? Would you be willing to give it a shot with me?

        • Sean says

          Hmm can’t say as to ‘fair’ coz everyone has his/her own opinion. But based from the Bible, the simple argument that God is who He is – back then, now and tomorrow is the simple answer to it. What do you mean by ‘give it a shot?’

  1. shingai says

    Is asking God for a sign testing Him ? I think that asking God for a sign is like asking God for directions or to asking Him to point you in the right direction. When you have to make a decision that affect your destiny one can ask God for a sign.

    My question is can one specify the sign? if so are they guidelines to what it can be. Can i say i want the sign to be Obama coming to my home for lunch. lol. as the Bible says with God all things are possible.

    Sometimes i feel that asking God for a sign is like asking if He exists and questioning whether he has the ability to control our destiny, yet we should place our trust in Him and he will order our steps.

    That said i have a story of my own concerning asking God for a sign. I am sorry it is a bit long.

    I am a person who loves football(soccer) and i support Barcelona and have been a supporter for the past 13 years. When they play my heart beats so fast and my hands shake for the greater part of the game. So last year in May they played a final which they won 3-1 against Manchester United. The days leading to the final i asked God and i said if Barcelona is going to win i need a sign from Him(CRAZY CRAZY CRAZY). I said i need a telephone call from my brother. My brother lives and works in the UK and i am in Zimbabwe. I asked for that because he hardly ever calls me.

    So 3 days before the game as i was working late at the office my mobile phone rang. I looked at the number it was a UK number . When i answered it the voice at the other end of the line belonged to a fella who was two years my senior in High school but we were good friends then. I had last seen and talked to the guy in 1994 when he finished high school. Thanks to facebook he was able to get my number. We talked for about 5 minutes . At that moment i felt that was God’s sign and he had even gone one better.

    Yesterday when i knocked off work and i sat in my car i began talking to God as if he were seated in the passenger seat of the car(CRAZY CRAZY CRAZY) . I thanked Him for looking after my family and I and i quoted Psalms 37:23-25 for Him. lol. Currently the company i work for is bidding for a tender. I asked God for a sign that will show me if our company will win the tender. I asked for a messagein my facebook account inbox from a facebook friend i had gone to primary school with. Minutes later a message came om my mobile phone . The message simply said Please call me back. It was from my cousin with whom i had not spoken to in over a year. I called him and he said i asked you to call me because i just wanted to know if you are alright. I replied i am alright and he asked about my wife and kids and i said they are alright. then he hung up.

    When he hung up i said to myself God truly your ways are not our ways your thoughts are not our thoughts. In my conversation with Him i had asked for wisdom to parent my kids and lead my family. I talked about my wife and her business and God to guide my wife and i in our marriage and to help us look after our kids with whom he blessed us with and entrusted them into our care. I talked about my career and about the exams i intend to write later this year and of course the tender. The sign was for the tender and just that.

    The message and phone call and the conversation left me with one question. Was that the sign or was that God through my cousing asking if i was alright, if my wife and kids were alright. Or was it both.

    Time will tell i guess.

  2. Ry says

    I was so desperate and confused because I am suffering from a possible unrequited love from someone for 7 months already (he already left work but we are in texting terms) He was my boss before but we are now friends. I ask god for a sign if this feeling is worth fighting for since it’s been 7 months and I did everything to get over the feeling but I just can’t. So, I prayed to God to give me a sign if since this feeling won’t go away, then does it mean that I should fight for what I feel. I ask him for a sign. He led me to your blog. To this entry, created by someone whose name is Sean. The same name of the person I love. Skepticism engulfed me. But I felt God’s message to me. But of course, we see what we want to see so I asked God for reconfirmation. I asked him a specific sign but he didn’t give it to me so I thought that’s it. I went back to your blog to read it again, and voila. I learned your name is actually Sean Patrick…. the same names that my person has.

    IN you opinion, is this God’s answer? That he is actually the one?

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